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Submissions for the 2024 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival are now open.



Rooster's Crow Deadline: October 11, 2023

Morning Hike Deadline: October 31, 2023

Scavenger Hunt Deadline: November 20, 2023

Mess Hall Deadline: December 14, 2023

Dodgeball Deadline: January 8, 2024

Capture the Flag Deadline: February 1, 2024

Talent Show Deadline: February 26, 2024

Dinner Bell Deadline: March 21, 2024

Stargazing Deadline: April 15, 2024

S’mores & Ghost Stories Deadline: May 9, 2024


Dramatic Short

Documentary Short

Experimental Short

Comedy Short

Genre Short

Animated Short

Super Short Film (Under 5 Minutes)**

Local Short




We DO NOT require premiere status and will consider shorts that have been made available for online viewing or have screened in Los Angeles.

Every submitted film will be viewed in its entirety by member(s) of our selection team. 

** Shorts vying for the "best super short film" must have credits rolling by 4:59. If your credits sequence pushes your film past 5:00, please submit it in its appropriate category (i.e., animation, comedy, drama, etc...). It will still be considered for the super short award.

Directors living in Southern California are eligible for the local film award. 

Students are welcome and should include school information in their cover letter. 

All submitted material must be the original work of the author(s) aside from copyrighted music (which we accept).

Music videos, screen-dance, and experimentally constructed films should be submitted under the experimental category. Music videos may be spec.

We accept material from anywhere in the world. All submitted material must be in English or with English subtitles. 

Entry fees are non-refundable. No refunds will be issued for any reason.

Contest applicants must accept without reservations the decisions rendered by the competition.

We do not provide screening fees.

In 2022 and 2023 we provided traveling stipends for select visiting filmmakers traveling long distances. We will make our best efforts to expand upon this offering in 2024. However, Salute Your Shorts Film Festival cannot guarantee lodging or travel stipends. We will put traveling filmmakers in touch with affordable options if requested. 

Upon invitation, participants will be contacted via email by the Print Traffic Coordinator with format confirmation, exhibition details, and delivery instructions.

We have the right to NOT award in any category if we are unable to make a selection based on our panels scores.

This year, we are accepting films completed on or after January 1, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact

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